After praising the band's new drummer Mike Mangini
for his "super math brain," Dream Theater
keyboardist Jordan Rudess
once again saluted the stickman's contributions on the upcoming prog giants' record.
During a recent chat with Loudwire
, the keyboardist first confirmed that the five-piece is "doing very well"
when it comes to the new album, and then went on to focus on Mangini and what he had brought to the table during the recording sessions.
"Having Mike in the room with us as we were doing the writing and everything was such a wonderful thing. The man has such a strong energy and such a great player that it made a big difference to our process to have him there, have him contributing ideas."
Rudess then started talking about the drummer's exceptional sense of rhythm, saying, "The way I see it is like, he's such a specialist in his area. He's got such a rhythm math brain and that addition to what Dream Theater already has in the composition department was so cool, 'cause we've been able to do things I've never done before. There's some stuff on the album that I'll rhythmically is very, very cool."
When asked whether the lineup change had any impact on the group's energy, Rudess replied: "Oh for sure. Anyone whos heard this album or stopped by the studio, you've just got to smile at the drumming, it's so outrageous. He does some fills that are like, 'Oh my God!'
[laugh] I can't help but almost like laugh."
Finally, the keyboardist described the band as more unified than before, also giving former drummer Mike Portnoy
the props he deserves.
"One thing about the new Dream Theater if you will, I mean I've always enjoyed playing with this band, and
[Mike] Portnoy was one of the greatest drummers, but one thing that has changed with Mike Mangini is there is this unified, five guys all similar in our musical ways, just working together. I really feel it and it's interesting. It's tangible. Everybody I talk to at the shows are like, 'Wow, you guys are such a unit.' And I think that's really cool."
Although the band is working hard in the studio, new record release details are yet to be revealed. The latest Dream Theater album, "A Dramatic Turn of Events
," was released back in September 2011 through Roadrunner Records, reaching No. 8 position on the Billboard 200 chart.